Welcome to the Twin Cities and thank you for the nice welcome. I am originally from the SF Bay Area. I grew up in Pleasant Hill and completed my bachelor's at Saint Mary's. I do love the seasons in Minnesota, and it's a wonderful place to raise a family, but when the roads get icy, I long for the more temperate winters on the West Coast! I am so looking forward to this opportunity, so thank you.
The idea of a multi-generational partnership and collaboration forum sounds great! I am a recent graduate with my MA in Sustainable International Development and I'm looking for a mentor to help me develop more skills in research methods for evaluating impact of programs and projects, relating to community and economic development. Also, hearing more from professionals in the field helps me to focus on a proper career path. I have reviewed the orientation materials and am excited to learn more about other members. Thank you for allowing me in this space!
Thanks for your messages of welcome for me in this community - which I appreciate very much.
On the topic of translation - I need to look at what is available in French following your indications. I would really love to take this further - let me get back in touch once I've read the "French stuff".
I've already begun to think on how to make this possible, as this idea/project seems to me both of value to the community at large as well as to me, in fact.
I'm beginning the process of outlining a World Cafe forum in Istanbul, Turkey where I am currently doing field research about inter-faith dialogue and social movements in Islamic culture. I very much look forward to sharing my experiences here with you!!
I will also have questions arise soon as I gain a better idea for the date/theme of the conversation, so I look forward to diving into the specifics of hosting an event.
Thank you for your kind welcome to The World Café Community, and also for your encouraging comments.
A key interest for me, and has been for many years, is the idea of ‘shared learning’ as a way of achieving social and organizational success and sustainability, a learning encouraged by the ‘exercise of leadership’
As you can see from my website (http://www.afairerworld.com) for me the origins of the word leadership are closely associated with the word path, or way, or the course of a ship at sea and the leader, or more correctly, the elders not so much directed as accompanied others on a journey. Here, the exercise of leadership was very much allied to having the knowledge and understanding, along with the empathy necessary when people felt lost and sometimes frightened, or when they thought the journey too difficult, and maybe so long that aims and objectives became somewhat nebulous and difficult to hold onto, and thus were in danger of becoming unreachable.
At such times the people helped, supported and encouraged one another via the sharing of ideas and actions, while some, particularly the elders articulated the common aims of the group and kept the goals alive so that those tasks that needed to be achieved, in order that the group survive and prosper were indeed accomplished.